LeBron James focused on task at hand, not free agency

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours A Lakers season-ticket holder posted billboards in Los Angeles this week encouraging such a move, their #LABron theme mimicking similar billboards recently posted in Cleveland by a Pennsylvania business that would like to see James link up with the 76ers.“I understand that I’m a free agent at the end of the summer, so I understand the frenzy that comes with it,” James said, noting that the Lakers’ salary cap space further fuelled speculation that they could lure him.James is producing one of the best seasons of his career, averaging 27 points, 9 assists and 8.4 rebounds per game, but Cleveland are just third in the Eastern Conference behind Toronto and Boston, who have both clinched their playoff berths.The Lakers, the second-most titled franchise in the history of the NBA, are still finding their way in the post-Kobe Bryant era, and need a star to anchor their young talents.“Listen, I’m 15 years into my career, and fans and cities want me to play for their team or have dreams,” James said. “It’s flattering more than anything, that a fan of a team or somewhere would want me to play for their city, so it’s very flattering.”ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Cleveland superstar LeBron James said Friday he’s focused on the Cavaliers’ bid for an NBA finals return, and isn’t thinking about a possible move as a free agent after this season.“I’ve still got too much work to do here,” James told reporters in Los Angeles when asked if his possible free agency could be a distraction. “One thing about me and my career … I handle my business accordingly, and when that time comes, I’ll take care of that.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sharapova splits with Dutch tennis coach “But right now, my job right now is to get these guys prepared for the Clippers tonight and then how we can continue to get better going down the stretch.”James made his remarks on the University of California at Los Angeles, where he plays pickup basketball when he’s in town during the off-season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkOn Thursday, The Ringer published a story listing Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Houston and Cleveland as the four cities that James will entertain this summer.The 33-year-old’s ties to Los Angeles have sparked speculation that he would consider a move to the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent, forsaking Cleveland again as he did in moving to the Miami Heat for four seasons before returning. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

LMA Wants Gov’t Address Exchange Rate Problem

first_imgThe Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) is calling on the government of Liberia and others financial institutions in the country to help address the pertinent issue of the US rate in Liberia.Speaking to the national secretary general of the LMA, Pastor F. Clayplah Nagbe, said the rate was causing serious problems for marketers in the country, especially concerning the buying of goods in large quantities from dealers.According to Mr. Nagbe, the LMA has made it their intent to constructively engage the national government to make all efforts to drop the rate.He explained that paying of taxes in Liberian dollars as proposed by the Ministry of Finance was a great idea, but focusing on the stabilization of the rate would help the economy and the market at large.“The prices of goods on the Liberian market continue to increase just because of the high rate. The rate can drop when the government calls on the central bank of Liberia and other financial institutions in the country and says they should drop the rate,” Mr. Nagbe opined.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ellen Launches CAP Today

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will today, May 26, launch the Common Africa Position (CAP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  CAP is an ambitious agenda for sustaining development in Africa, and promises that no one will live in extreme poverty by 2030.CAP, which was adopted by a High Level Committee (HLC),  addresses critical issues of inequality, accountability, quality of services and promoting a sustainable environment, thus balancing the three pillars of sustainable development (social, economic, environmental), which may not be achieved in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which comes to an end in 2015.According to an Executive Mansion release, the exercise is a two-day event that starts with the launch today at the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be followed by presentations and panel discussions on May 27.Those clothed with the responsibility to draft CAP was set up during the African Union’s 2013 Summit and is chaired by President Sirleaf.CAP builds a consensus on Africa’s post-2015 development agenda and identifies areas of priority to Africa.  It was adopted on January 32, 2014 and launched in N’djamena, Chad in March.Members of the Cabinet, Legislature, Judiciary, the Diplomatic Corps, Heads of National Institutions and Autonomous Agencies are expected to be at the launch. The exercise is aimed at acquainting Liberians with CAP and enlightening policymakers and stakeholders on Africa’s development priorities.The launch is expected to take place at the Bella Casa Hotel, follow by presentation and discussion with members of the private sector, civil society, academia, the media, and other stakeholders to encourage their involvement and support to events concerning the CAP.“This position is what African nations will take to the negotiations at the UN, in the hope of securing a deal that delivers for people across our continent,” the Liberian leader said.She said the main objective of the continental and regional consultations was to produce a demand-driven agenda from multiple stakeholders in Africa.“In this regard, the process entails working with various partnering institutions in inclusive events through which the viewpoints of a wide range of African stakeholders including government, regional economic entities, civil society, non-governmental organizations, academia, youth, women, think-tanks, and the private sector are captured.”Meanwhile, the HLC comprises 10 Heads of State and Government from the five regions of Africa, and it had held several consultative and technical meetings to look at the list of priorities developed by institutions around the continent to reach a consensus on the development framework that should succeed the Millennium Development Goals in September 2015.CAP is built on six pillars including Structural Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth, Science Technology and Innovation (STI), People-centered Development; Environmental Sustainability, Natural Resources and Natural Disaster Management and Peace and Security, and Financing Partnership for Implementation of Post-2015 Development Agenda.In the next phase of its work, the HLC will begin negotiations with other regions of the world as well as development partners to ensure that Africa’s vision is included in the United Nations Post-2015 Global Development Agenda.However, the biggest unanswered question now is how will the ambition of CAP communicate effectively to other UN member states? Emphasizing ambition would most likely inject interest in the CAP; energize post-2015 debates thus making it an obvious contribution to the forthcoming negotiations with other UN Member States.It will also be great to see African governments in their preparations towards negotiations acknowledge the gaps that exist between ethnic groups, religious groups, language groups and rural-urban groups which are a significant barrier to further development, progress and the realization of human rights across Africa.A priority of African governments through the UN negotiation should be ensuring universal and equitable access to quality healthcare without financial hardship to individuals and families.It is known that the financial costs of healthcare can be a deterrent to families, keeping them in or pushing them back into poverty and now is the time to address this issue and secure free healthcare at the point of need. Hope African leaders become very proactive in alleviating abject poverty, illiteracy, all of which are as a result of bad governance, on the continent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

5th man charged in Corentyne trio’s murder case

first_imgCatchew Chaitram, 63, was on Monday charged with being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Pawan Chandradeo, Jaikarran Chandradeo and Narish Rooplall at Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder, Corentyne.Catchew ChaitramThe man was brought before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to face the charge which stated that between July 21 and 22 at Cookrite Savannah, Black Bush Polder, he received, conspired and provided assistance to the four murder accused.Chaitram was remanded to prison. He will make his next appearance in the Mibicuri Magistrate’s Court on October 18, 2016.The trio already facing charges for the triple murder are Carlton Chaitram, Jairam Chaitram and Tameshwar Jagmohan, all of Mibicuri South, Black Bush Polder.On Friday, July 23, 2016, the bodies of the Chandradeos and Rooplall, the elder Chandradeo’s brother-in-law, of Number 73 Village, Corentyne, were discovered lying next to each other on a dam at Cookrite Savannah with gunshot wounds.The discovery of the bodies was made shortly after daybreak by a rice farmer.last_img read more

New Era/Mohamed’s Enterprise 5th Annual Futsal tourney launched

first_imgThe fifth edition of the Mohamed’s Enterprise Futsal tournament, organised by New Era Entertainment, was launched on Friday at Mohamed’s Enterprise on Lombard Street, Georgetown. This year, even more support has been pumped into the event, since ExxonMobil has decided to come on board as one of the major sponsors of the tournament, traditionally hosted at the Mackenzie Hardcourt in Linden.Nazar Mohamed, CEO of Mohamed’s Enterprise, an astute supporter of local football, who has also been major sponsor of the Kashif and Shanghai Tournament that spanned over 25 years, has once again been quite pleased to assist the sponsorship of this event. In brief remarks, he told the media gathering that it was an honour for him to be part of the New Era family in presenting the event and contributing to football locally.The longstanding football supporter expressed hope that the tournament, like the World Cup, would be contested in high spirits. Before closing his remarks, he added that his company is always part of sport and culture, and will always be involved with events such as this one.Also present at the launch was the New Era Entertainment team, ANSA McAL representative Seweon McGarrell and the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) Rawle Adams.Adams, secretary of the Guyana Futsal Association, applauded the effort New Era has put into making it to the forefront of futsal, and said the GFF supports football in any format.Over $2 million in cash and prizes are up for grabs when the seven-day tournament kicks off from July 27, and culminates on August 18.Over twenty teams from Linden, Georgetown and the West Side have signalled their intention to compete for the grand prize of $600,000. Second place finishers will receive $250,000, while the third placed team will receive $100,000 and the fourth placed team, $75,000.last_img read more

Messi’s Argentina save World Cup hopes with last-gasp goal

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi leaps on Marcos Rojo’s shoulders in joy © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSSaint Petersburg, Russian Federation, Jun 26 – Argentina rescued their World Cup hopes in dramatic fashion on Tuesday as defender Marcos Rojo scored a stunning volley to snatch a late 2-1 win over Nigeria and set up a last-16 match against France.Lionel Messi set the two-time winners on their way with his first goal in Russia but Victor Moses equalised from the penalty spot and as time ticked away the increasingly ragged South Americans appeared to be heading home. But Rojo made a surprise appearance in the box to turn home a cross from Gabriel Mercado with a crisp side-footed volley in the 86th minute to send the Argentine fans in Saint Petersburg, including legendary 1986 World Cup winner Diego Maradona, into raptures.Argentina defender Marcos Rojo celebrates his winner in the World Cup match against Nigeria © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSA highly emotional Maradona rushed to the front of the VIP box where he was watching and gave a one-fingered salute with both hands and shouted an obscene insult.Maradona later fell unwell and a video emerged of him being helped by two people in his entourage into a chair. Photographs showed the 57-year-old being tended to by parademics, although Argentinian daily Ola reported he later went to his hotel.– Rojo’s VAR escape –Argentina’s escape came after Rojo came close to having a penalty awarded against for handball minutes earlier until he was saved by a controversial VAR review.“It is marvellous to have won it in this manner. It is a deserved joy,” Messi said in quotes on Argentina’s official Twitter account.“We knew God was with us and wasn’t going to let us go out.“I thank all the fans that are here, for all their sacrifice and to all those in Argentina that were always with us.” Argentina were held by Iceland in their tournament opener and then humiliated 3-0 by Croatia, putting the 2014 finalists on the brink of a first-round exit.Diego Maradona celebrated wildly when Argentina scored the winner and later needed to be treated by paramedics © AFP / OLGA MALTSEVATheir struggles came after their pre-tournament preparations were wracked by controversy and poor form, coupled with a reliance on an ageing, unbalanced squad.The Argentine federation was even forced to confirm that Jorge Sampaoli would continue for the final group game amid rumours of a rift between players and coach.At the drama played out, 1,500 kilometres (950 miles) away in Rostov-on-Don Croatia snuffed out the challenge of Iceland, scoring late through Ivan Perisic to seal a 2-1 win and complete a perfect group stage.Croatia will face Denmark in the first knockout round in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday but Nigeria and Euro 2016 surprise package Iceland will head home.Croatia took the lead thanks to a slick second-half volley by Milan Badelj. Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised from the penalty spot before Perisic struck late.Croatia were already through to the last 16 and coach Zlatko Dalic rested most of the side that thumped Argentina 3-0, with only captain Luka Modric and the winger Perisic keeping their places.“Our goal is achieved,” said man-of-the-match Badelj. “We are top of the group and we are ready to compete in the second round of the World Cup. Victor Moses’s penalty had Nigeria heading for the last 16 until Marcos Rojo’s late winner © AFP / Giuseppe CACACE“Now we can concentrate on preparations for the knockout stage. This is a big new win for Croatia. There is no special celebration, let’s go further, step by step through the tournament.”– France top group –Earlier, France and Denmark produced the first goalless match of the tournament in front of 78,000 spectators at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Didier Deschamps rested goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and midfielder Paul Pogba among six changes and his side struggled to create any clear-cut chances against a determined Denmark.Deschamps immediately switched his focus towards what he called the “second competition” after the uninspiring contest.“There’s a second competition that’s going to start, the last 16 is straight elimination,” said the coach, who must now prepare his players to face Messi and Argentina.“There’s a mountain in front of us now. But we’re there and we’re full of ambition to get to the next stage.”Australia will go back to the drawing board after they ended bottom of Group C with a solitary point following a 2-0 defeat to Peru, who are also heading home.Andre Carrillo and Paolo Guerrero, the veteran who was only cleared to play days before the tournament after having a ban for taking cocaine lifted, scored in Sochi.Tim Cahill, the 38-year-old Australian midfielder, came on as a substitute for his first appearance in his fourth World Cup but was unable to influence the outcome and the Socceroos will have to look to the future with talents such as 19-year-old Iranian-born Daniel Arzani.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chinese FA opens probe into Demba Ba racism controversy

first_imgVarious Chinese media reports said a furious Ba later claimed that Zhang had hurled racially insulting remarks at him.The Chinese Football Association (FA) said in a statement that it had launched an investigation and would hold hearings to determine whether any league conduct rules were violated.“If this is true, there will be stern punishment in accordance with the rules,” it said.“We oppose racist behaviour in any form.”The statement did not mention any particular players.Ba has not commented publicly on the affair but has retweeted anti-racism posts on his personal Twitter account.In a post-match press conference, Shenhua coach Wu Jingui had confirmed that “a Yatai player used insulting language toward” Ba.Following the match, Chinese social media exploded with calls for an investigation.If misconduct is proven, any guilty parties could indeed face tough sanctions from domestic football authorities who will want to nip any controversy in the bid.Chinese football is already under government scrutiny after splurging teams brought in a series of high-priced foreign players on transfer deals in recent years, prompting the government to impose tough spending curbs amid concerns over clubs’ solvency.Ba, a Senegalese international, had played for Shenhua in 2015-2016 before being sidelined by a broken leg.Brief spells with Turkish sides Besiktas and Goztepe followed before Ba returned to Shenhua in June during the summer transfer window.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Demba Ba in actionSHANGHAI, China, Aug 6- China’s football authority said Monday it was investigating reports that Senegalese striker Demba Ba was subjected to racial slurs by an opposing Chinese player during a weekend match, vowing “stern punishment” if the incident proved true.The African former Chelsea forward, now with Shanghai Shenhua, became embroiled in a heated confrontation with Changchun Yatai midfielder Zhang Li late in their 1-1 Chinese Super League draw on Saturday night after Ba collided with one of Zhang’s teammates.last_img read more

Iwobi looking to shed ‘youngster tag’

first_img0Shares0000Iwobi looking to shed ‘youngster tag’LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Aug 14 – Alex Iwobi wants to get rid of the ‘youngster tag’ attributed to him at Arsenal now that he has joined Everton as an important first-team player.The Nigeria international left Arsenal last week after he completed a deadline-day move to Goodison Park. Everton paid an initial £28million for his services and the deal could eventually rise to £34million with potential add-ons. Iwobi became the club’s seventh summer signing after he followed Jean Philippe Gbamin, Moise Kean, Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph, Jonas Lossl and Djibril Sidibe through the doors at Finch Farm.After signing a five-year deal on Merseyside, Iwobi is under plenty of pressure but is ready to put himself in the spotlight this season.The 23-year-old, who made 149 senior appearances for the Gunners and scored 15 goals, wanted a new challenge under Marco Silva.He told Everton TV: “The offer was too attractive for me to turn down. The manager was telling me, ‘There is a spot for you, we will take care of you’. Basically, all the things you want to hear as a player.“I always had that youngster tag at Arsenal, so hopefully with this move I am able to make a name for myself in the Premier League and create history with Everton.”The wideman has yet to make his debut for Everton after missing last Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.Iwobi had barely trained with the Toffees before the trip to London but he has stepped up the pace this week as Silva’s side prepare to face Watford at Goodison Park.Richarlison, Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson were given the nodd against the Eagles and the trio are expected to start on home soil against Silva’s former side.Competition for places at Everton has never been as fierce and a number of players are still fighting for starting spots in the final third. Theo Walcott still has plenty left in the tank, while Moise Kean is yet to be given a chance following his summer switch from Juventus.Kevin Mirallas and Oumar Niasse remain on the books at Everton but face a fight to stay at the club and could well be on their way before the end of the European transfer window on September 2. Striker Cenk Tosun is also in the same boat as Silva tries to balance the books after a busy summer.0Shares0000(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DONEGAL IT EXPERT TO APPEAR ON SKY TV

first_imgDonegal IT expert, Niall Mulrine, www.PcClean.ie will be featured on the IrishTv.ie production of “Out and About in Ireland” on Sky 201/Freesat 403 this Thursday night 14th June, at 9.00 pm and 10.00 pm on Sky202, giving a demonstration of his Internet Safety for Parents seminar.Niall’s seminar has proven very popular around the county with parents, as their knowledge on what their children are doing online can be minimal and this seminar gives parents a floor to ask burning questions and fill the knowledge gap.With 2.1 million Irish users on Facebook, it’s not surprising 85% on them are youth in the age group of 15-24 years old. Niall’s vast amount of information at hand, on the dangers of social media and how it can affect the relationships of children is a welcome to parents who know nothing about social media and even those that use Facebook on a daily basis.Also, on the same show, there will be highlights from recent festivals in Donegal, the Northwest Garden show in Castlefinn and Donegal Live that took place in Donegal Town.Remember to set your Sky Red Button to record this Thursday 14th June at 9.00 pm and repeated again on Sunday and Monday at 7pm on Sky channel 201/Freesat 403. It will be available online from Thursday on www.irishtv.ie  DONEGAL IT EXPERT TO APPEAR ON SKY TV was last modified: June 12th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Niall MulrinePC CleanSKY TVlast_img read more